Judson Yaggy

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    Bristol, Vermont, USA

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  1. There are a couple of Manzels on ebay right now...
  2. Wow, that's awesome. You're going to need a bigger shop!
  3. Can't quote much or @ but... C-1 hope you see this. Love the tail!
  4. Online registration is now available on the NEB website. See you all in June! http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/2019/03/neb-2019-spring-meet/
  5. Jenifer and Anvil- Amen. But don't forget the flux-burn holes in your t-shirts, hands heal, shirts don't! (grin) Here's what I did in the shop today. Mostly texturing, felt like about a thousand pieces but it was only 150. Plus some forge welding of hinges, fabricating barn door roller hardware, forged a half dozen small pulls. Cut and chamfered track standoffs.
  6. Steam hammer missing the anvil and some other parts means it's worth close to scrap price, sadly. The Scranton mechanical in the background is intriguing though!
  7. Join ABANA and join the New York Designer Blacksmiths. Go to every meet, hammer in and conference that you can.
  8. Blue moon used to carry them, they don't any more. Roger quit managing the UMBA library and retired to someplace warm.
  9. My Fontanini (new, H-13ish alloy) came so hard that a quality file wouldn't touch it, had to use carbide burrs to ease the edges of the hardy and pritchel. 5 years of professional use later it's starting to show a little wear but in the right light you can still see the Blanchard grinding marks. Refflinghaus makes a RockwellC hardness claim in their literature, and the feedback I've seen is that they are the real deal. Neither are cheap, but you get what you pay for. How much time are you putting into work hardening your anvil? In a shop from the 19th century the anvil might see work 10 hours a day for 6 days a week including a master smith and strikers... thats more than even the pros today do, thank goodness for modern power hammers!
  10. My Clifton vhs tapes languish on the shelf like the unreadable dinosaurs that they are. When I tried to have them converted by a local place they told me they were too degraded to make a good copy. I too would like to know where to buy a newer format. Please pm me if anyone knows since IFI isn't keen on spreading this particular type of information. There do seem to be a number of ABANA affiliates that you can rent the dvds from, but not mine.
  11. Looks like one of those rope crimping anvils.
  12. It's a hold down. Slotted hole in the tube is to wedge it thru the hardy hole, throw the cam and the threaded portion swings down and clamps to the anvil.
  13. Bio-mechanical advantage (grin). For sure most folks' legs are stonger than their arms.